NSPCC chief executive Andrew Flanagan has thanked Sir Christopher Kelly for his "tireless work for the NSPCC over the last eight years" ahead of the chair's departure for the King's Fund in October.
Sir Christopher (pictured) joined the NSPCC in 2001 becoming its chair in 2002. Flanagan recognised the achievements of his colleague saying: "His contribution to shaping the direction of the society will continue to benefit generations of children."
Sir Christopher will be succeeded by Mark Wood who was formerly UK CEO of Prudential and AXA.
Sir Christopher remains as the chair of the Financial Ombudsman Service and of the Committee on Standards in Public Life.
On announcing his appointment to the King's Fund board last year, the departing chair Sir Cyril Chantler said: "As a former permanent secretary at the Department of Health and with 25 years in HM Treasury, (Sir Chrisopher) will bring a wealth of experience to take the Fund forward in what is a very exciting time for the organisation."